Envelope Poems
Envelope Poems
Emily Dickinson

Edited by Jen Bervin, Marta Werner

Recommended by Cassie, City Lights Books

Although a very prolific poet, Emily Dickinson (1830–1886) published fewer than a dozen poems. Instead, she created small handmade books. In her later years, she stopped producing these, but she continued to write a great deal, and at her death she left behind many poems, drafts, and letters. It is among the makeshift and fragile manuscripts of Dickinson's later writings that we find the envelope poems gathered here. These manuscripts on envelopes (recycled by the poet with marked New England thrift) were written with the full powers of her late, most radical period. Intensely alive, these envelope poems are charged with a special poignancy—addressed to no one and everyone at once.

Full-color facsimiles are accompanied by Marta L. Werner and Jen Bervin's pioneering transcriptions of Dickinson’s handwriting. Their transcriptions allow us to read the texts, while the facsimiles let us see exactly what Dickinson wrote (the variant words, crossings-out, dashes, directional fields, spaces, columns, and overlapping planes).

Title Envelope Poems
Author Emily Dickinson
Edited by Jen Bervin, Marta Werner
Publisher New Directions
Title First Published 04 October 2016
Format Hardcover
Nb of pages 96 p.
ISBN-10 0811225828
ISBN-13 9780811225823
Publication Date 04 October 2016
Main content page count 96
Weight 32 oz.

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